Mark Curtis, WBOY 12News

Mark Curtis

WBOY 12News

Charleston, WV, United States

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Recent articles by Mark:

If gas prices spike, will West Virginia’s state gas tax be cut?

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOWK) – Gasoline prices are rising again across the United States, including our region. And that is bringing renewed calls for government action. West Virginia is nowhere near those $5-a-gallon prices it saw in June, but there is a lot of concern it could be heading back up. Prices at many gas stations […] → Read More

West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals hears Hope Scholarship arguments

The fate of West Virginia’s controversial Hope Scholarship program is now in the hands of the five-member Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia. → Read More

Mountain Valley Pipeline bill fails to proceed in US Senate

The vote on a bill that could end the Mountain Valley Pipeline in West Virginia and Virginia was halted after U.S. Senator Manchin (D-WV) asked for his own pipeline language to be removed from the Continuing Resolution bill. → Read More

Gov. Justice weighs in on Mountain Valley Pipeline bill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOWK) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is now weighing in on the dispute over the Mountain Valley Natural Gas Pipeline that is currently stalled in the U.S. Senate. WOWK 13 News has been told that sometime Wednesday evening all members of the U.S. Senate should be given a draft of a continuing […] → Read More

Mountain Valley Pipeline in jeopardy over political infighting

A major economic project that is near and dear to many people in West Virginia may be in serious trouble because of a dispute in the U.S. Senate. → Read More

New power plant to bring jobs to Doddridge County

A new natural gas power plant, expected to cost billions of dollars and employ hundreds of workers, is planned for West Virginia. → Read More

Big economic development announcement coming Tuesday in West Virginia

One of the reasons the West Virginia Legislature is meeting on Monday is to prepare for another huge economic development announcement. → Read More

West Virginia political leaders react to the death of Queen Elizabeth II

West Virginians, including political watchers, weighed in on the death of Queen Elizabeth II Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022. → Read More

New political poll has interesting takes on potential abortion ban, potential Manchin opponents

A new poll out Wednesday has implications for this year’s election as well as 2024. Election Day is two months from Thursday. → Read More

Governor Justice declares state of emergency for West Virginia jails

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOWK) — West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has declared a state of emergency concerning financial and staffing problems at West Virginia’s county jails. The governor said many jails are critically short-staffed on corrections officers because neighboring states offer much higher pay. He said the legislature needs to provide more funding for pay raises. […] → Read More

Del. Steele challenges Del. Hanshaw for Speaker position

Republican Delegate Brandon Steele of Raleigh County has confirmed to 13 News that he will challenge Del. Roger Hanshaw for the position of Speaker of the House. → Read More

What’s the latest on West Virginia’s top highway project?

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — There’s been a big development in the completion of Corridor H, West Virginia’s top highway project. Gov. Jim Justice said the Department of Transportation in West Virginia and Virginia are now in talks about the completion of Corridor H, which runs from I-79 in Weston, West Virginia, to eventually connect with […] → Read More

West Virginia Senate passes abortion clarification bill

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — The West Virginia State Senate has passed the abortion clarification bill in a 21-10 vote. It now goes back to the House of Delegates and, if they agree on changes made, it will go to Gov. Jim Justice. The bill still has exceptions for rape and incest. The West Virginia House […] → Read More

Income tax cut bill dies in West Virginia State Senate

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOWK) — Just one day after passing in the West Virginia House of Delegates, a tax cut bill proposed by Gov. Jim Justice has stalled in the state Senate. Senate President Craig Blair has decided not to hold a vote on the tax cut bill. He told WBOY’s sister station 13 News in […] → Read More

Decision reached in major Huntington opioid lawsuit

HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) — A decision in a major opioid lawsuit involving the City of Huntington has been reached. The City of Huntington and Cabell County will not receive the billions of dollars they sought from three major drug distributors. Both the city and county have sued Cardinal Health, Amerisource Berge and McKesson — alleging […] → Read More

Proposed cuts to WV’s VA medical centers dropped

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOWK) — Proposed drastic cuts to three Veterans Affairs Medical Centers in West Virginia will not happen, according to U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV). In April, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs issued a report that recommended three VA medical centers in the Mountain State be greatly scaled back. Had this happened, services […] → Read More

Lawsuit aims to repeal WV Hope Scholarship program

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — A controversial West Virginia school funding plan is now being challenged in court. It’s known as the Hope Scholarship program. This lawsuit is interesting because some of the combatants are ostensibly on the same team. Last year the legislature passed, and the governor signed the “Hope Scholarship” program. It would allow […] → Read More

West Virginia drivers react to President Biden’s possible gas tax holiday

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOWK) — The idea of a gas tax holiday is bouncing around once again as people are getting tired of high gas prices. This time, the proposed relief is coming at the federal level. Only five states have suspended their gasoline tax, but a proposal to freeze the state tax here in West […] → Read More

West Virginia tourism holding steady despite high gas prices

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — For now, the high price of gasoline does not appear to be hurting tourism in West Virginia, according to state officials. If anything, prices at the pump may be a factor in where people are willing to vacation. There is that old saying that “home is where the heart is,” and […] → Read More

Sports event to bring millions of dollars to WV

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — Next week, 1,500 young people from around the East Coast will compete at the Amateur Athletic Union’s regional track and field meet in Charleston. Only about 100 of these athletes will be from West Virginia. The other 1,400 and their families are coming from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York State. Since […] → Read More